Medical Center Goes In Different Philanthropy Direction


By Paul Johnson

Gooding, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Since 1984, North Canyon Medical Center (previously Gooding County Memorial Hospital) and the North Canyon Medical Center Foundation though separate and independent entities, have collaborated on many projects to fund healthcare initiatives in Gooding County. While this relationship has had benefits, NCMC has chosen a new path for hospital philanthropy.

On June 24, 2014 the NCMC Board of Directors voted to develop, like many other community hospitals, an internal hospital philanthropy program that falls under its not-for-profit status and to dissolve its relationship with the external foundation, previously known as NCMC Foundation. “Having worked alongside the independent foundation on fundraising efforts for many years, we have come to recognize that having an independent group raising money on behalf of the hospital was not our most effective option. The independent foundation has utilized the hospital’s name yet the Hospital had no role in governing their actions,” stated NCMC CEO Tim Powers. “Even though the external foundation has had no formal or legal ties to the hospital, the members have worked diligently to raise money to improve patient care. We are so grateful for their hard work and wish them the best of luck as they continue on their path of philanthropy,” he stated.

The hospital’s internal philanthropy program, Friends of North Canyon Medical Center will follow current best practices in healthcare philanthropy, including estate planning, major gifts, a grateful patient program, as well as general and memorial donations, and will continue coordinating the Tough Enough to Wear Pink event.

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